It’s been a mad month - one that sums up how the season has been as a whole for Fulham, starting right back in pre-season.
No one really expected the side to be in the position they’re now in at the start of the season with the Cottagers languishing in 17th place, five points from the relegation places with calls for Slavisa Jokanovic to be sacked from some members of the Cottage faithful.
Describing it as a shambles wouldn’t do it justice - we’re only at the start of November and there’s already been a soap opera behind the scenes with Craig Kline getting the sack, while what we’ve seen on the pitch amounts to a Greek tragedy.
Four wins from 16 games simply isn’t good enough, and one win at home in the past nine (including last season) is appalling - there’s no glossing those stats up.
The side have lacked ideas going forward, have looked sloppy defensively and have been void of any sort of bite since that 4-1 drubbing of Huddersfield in April.
But who is to blame?
Well, firstly, the buck always stops with the manager, although I don’t think that necessarily means Jokanovic should be sacked - far from it actually.
Sure, it’s down to him to manage the side and to get them to perform, which they haven’t been doing, but there’s always that feeling that he’s doing things with one arm tied behind his back.
He should certainly take criticism for the team selections and the lack of attacking ideas on the pitch - for me, starting Yohan Mollo and Rafa Soares after the international break are musts.
There is also the criticism that he is tactically stubborn, which have some foundation, although you could argue that his decision to play three at the back against Bristol and play both Rui Fonte and Aboubakar Kamara against Nottingham Forest were a move away tactically from his usual 4-3-3 and show he is willing to try and change tactics to get things happening.
The Nottingham change semi-worked while the three at the back didn’t, but as Jokanovic has said he is working everyday with what he has to try and address this issue.
Realistically, no one in their right mind would’ve got rid of the manager come the end of the previous season having changed the side from a side near the bottom of the table to one of the best in the league.
Yes, Fulham have been playing terribly, but Kline leaving the club can be seen as Fulham’s hierarchy backing the manager - Jokanovic, whether publicly admitting it or not, will certainly be happy the American is no longer at the club.
And that leads to recruitment - despite finding some gems last season using the stats based model, this time around it hasn’t quite been the same.
Far too many of the players that have come in aren’t on a level to challenge first team members for a starting place - the likes of Ibrahima Cisse, Marcelo Djalo and Jordan Graham have added depth to the side, but not quality.
You could argue that depth is what Fulham needed to challenge this season, the side are clearly good enough to get promoted based on last season and maybe that influenced summer signings somewhat - why buy these players for vasts sums if the players at the club are already good enough?
For me, though, players should be brought to the club only if they can add something to it, and a lot of the summer signings just don’t at the moment.
Kamara is raw and has potential, but he wasn’t brought in to lead the line for Fulham this season, while Djalo clearly wasn’t the answer to the side’s defensive problems.
Jokanovic had a point - he wanted a striker and a centre back and we can all see why now - the side are frail at the back and can’t score goals.
Is sacking the manager going to solve that problem?
People will also point to the departures of Scott Malone and Sone Aluko as part of the slump that Fulham find themselves in, but I can’t agree with that.
Let’s start with Malone - last season he played out of his skin and had a season that he will remember forever, but was that his usual level?
No, is the short answer.
Malone has always been an average Championship player who came to life last season, but he was always going to regress to the mean, so selling him when his stock was highest was the right thing to do.
The club then went and got Rafa Soares, and while injury means he’s still a pre-season behind the team (which you think will sorted with the international break), it’s very obvious that he is a better player than Malone.
Aluko, on the other hand, has always been a top end Championship player and played very well for Fulham last season.
But to receive a bid of £7.5million for a 28-year-old you signed on a free last summer?
Any club would bite your hand off for it.
After selling him, though, the club then went out and got Sheyi Ojo on a loan for the season, who in my eyes, is a better player than Aluko.
This will cause some debate for sure, but before Ojo’s injury he was actually the most dangerous player in the Fulham side in terms of dangerous attacks and passes.
Having him and Lucas Piazon return from injury will go someway to helping the creativity in the side.
Although those two pieces of business stand out as good ones for me, there were too many that haven’t worked.
January, although a way off, provides Fulham with the opportunity to get it right this time, and while that will frustrate fans and lead to questions why it wasn’t in the summer, this is where the side find themselves.
James Lovell, a man that understands football and has been at the club for six years, is now sitting in the data analyst role for the interim period - will a man that Jokanovic gets on with mean that he is more willing to sit on transfer meetings and perhaps have his voice heard clearer?
You would certainly hope so.
Now isn’t the time to sack Jokanovic, the international break provides the opportunity for the backroom staff to lock themselves in a room, re-watch the tapes, decide where they’ve gone wrong and to get out and fix it.
The busiest fixture time of the year is just around the corner and once that is over, we’re have a much clearer picture of just how deep the problem runs, until then, keeping faith and sticking with Jokanovic is the route to go.